March 7, 2007

Davidson hurt, may not play

One of the Crimson Tide's greatest struggles this season has been dealing with the injury to point guard Ronald Steele. Now as the Tide enters the SEC Tournament hoping to make a last ditch effort to make the NCAA Tournament, they will be forced to deal with yet another injury to a key starter.

Senior center Jermareo Davidson told reporters in Atlanta on Wednesday he injured his back during Sunday's game against Mississippi State and has not participated in practice this week.

"He's not practiced," said head coach Mark Gottfried. "I think you guys watched today, if you were watching, he's not done anything since Sunday so how effective he can be, we don't know yet. You know, he wants to play, he wants to play hard and well, but injuries have kind of been a thing with this team all year long. And right now we're unsure if he can even play."

With Davidson's status in doubt for the Tide's opening round game against Kentucky, Alabama finds itself suddenly dealing with the possibility of playing without its two pre-season All-SEC candidates.

"It's up in the air right now," Davidson said. "I've just got to go with how I feel."

Meanwhile, Steele continues to rest his injured knee and is still holding out hope that he will be able to play on Thursday.

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